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Tampa Bay Rays' Don Zimmer rekindles memories; James Shields unsure about All-Star cap

Rays at Twins

When/where: 8:10 tonight; Target Field, Minneapolis

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (8-5, 2.45)

Twins: RH Scott Baker (6-6, 3.64)

Watch for ...

Shields up: Shields is coming off a loss to Cincinnati that ended his run of three consecutive complete games. He is 3-1, 4.89 in eight starts against the Twins, including a win July 4, 2010, at Target Field.

Great Scott: Baker is on a roll (4-1, 1.89 in his past five starts) and is better at home. He tends to pitch well against the Rays, going 2-2, 2.88 in seven appearances.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Baker

Johnny Damon 4-for-17

Matt Joyce 2-for-14, HR

Evan Longoria 5-for-12, HR

Twins vs. Shields

Michael Cuddyer 6-for-15, HR

Joe Mauer 8-for-18

Jim Thome 8-for-25, HR

On deck

Wednesday: at Twins, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (7-6, 4.20); Twins — Francisco Liriano (5-7, 4.76)

Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (3-4, 5.05); Yankees — Bartolo Colon (6-3, 2.88)

Friday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-7, 3.21); Yankees — Freddie Garcia (7-6, 3.13)

Saturday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-7, 3.56); Yankees — A.J. Burnett (8-7, 4.12)

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-5, 2.45); Yankees — CC Sabathia (11-4, 3.05)

Monday-July 14: All-Star break

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Flashback of the day

Senior adviser Don Zimmer's first road trip of the season brought back some interesting memories. Zimmer was a big deal — "very big," he joked — in 1953 playing for the Dodgers' Triple-A St. Paul team, hitting .300 with 23 HRs and 63 RBIs in 81 games, until being beaned July 7 in Columbus. He returned to St. Paul the next season to show he'd recovered (.291, 17 HRs, 53 RBIs in 73 games) and was promoted to the majors.

Different look of the day

RHP James Shields acknowledged it will be a little different taking the mound tonight as an All-Star, if for no other reason than the All-Star Game logo affixed to the side and the two stars MLB wanted added to the back of his and the other All-Stars' caps. "It might feel a little weird," Shields said.

Tampa Bay Rays' Don Zimmer rekindles memories; James Shields unsure about All-Star cap 07/04/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 4, 2011 10:20pm]
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